When Charlie James graduated, Brentwood School needed a kicker.
James’ field goals were important in Brentwood’s successful 2008 season, but Spencer Ramsey is proving to be an adequate replacement.
Ramsey, a junior who was on the Brentwood junior varsity last season, kicked a 25-yard field goal two games ago and made a 37-yarder just before halftime in Brentwood’s 16-6 Alpha League home victory Friday afternoon over Sierra Canyon.
The kick increased Brentwood’s lead to 10-0 at intermission and when the Eagles scored in the third quarter on a run by freshman Jered Ashkar the 16-0 margin allowed them to hold off the visitors’ rally.
Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth scored a touchdown, missed on a two-point conversion attempt, and then drove to the Brentwood one-yard-line before missing a field goal try.
Brentwood controlled the game with a grinding running atttack. The Eagles ran 49 times for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Ashkar had 18 carries for 122 yards.
“We had a lot of respect for their offense and wanted to keep it off the field,” said Brown.
Brentwood was aided by the return of Greg Oliva, who had been out after having a tonsil removed.
Oliva, a premier receiver, played only on defense as he’ll be eased back into the Eagles’ plans.
“It helped a lot to have him on defense,” said Brown. “His experience is important.”
Brentwood (3-2) will play at perennial league power Maranatha this week.